Message from IPSP
The IPSP is an independent association of top research scholars with the goal of assessing methods for improving the main institutions of modern societies. The IPSP has produced a report consisting of twenty-two chapters in three volumes that distills the research of these scholars and outlines what the best social science has to say about positive social change. Written in accessible language by scholars across the social sciences and humanities, these volumes assess the achievements of world societies in past centuries, the current trends, the dangers that we are now facing, and the possible futures in the twenty-first century. It covers the main socio-economic, political, and cultural dimensions of social progress, global as well as regional issues, and the diversity of challenges and their interplay around the world. The authors offer a cautious optimistic conclusion: multiple ideas for social progress and better policies are already available and deserve to be tested and implemented.
- Provides a comprehensive synthesis of social science on how to pursue social progress, useful for students, researchers, think tanks, administration experts, politicians, or NGOs who seek ideas and arguments
- Avoids disciplinary limitations and goes beyond the usual Western perspective to offer many insights about the rest of the world and give perspectives from varying schools of thought
- Offers a balanced assessment of the positive and negative aspects of current trends, with many ideas for improving institutions and policies